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GVU Showcase 2008

From 1:00pm 4:00 p.m. GVU will be hosting its annual Fall Research Demo Showcase in TSRB (2nd and 3rd floors).

I would like to demo:

PicoCrickets - We use PicoCrickets to introduce computing in a way that challenges kid's stereotype of computing. Kids create a musical pickle, time their reactions to sound and light, create a kinetic sculpture, and more by doing drag-and-drop programming. We are getting statistically significant positive changes in the student's attitudes towards computing with these activities in just four hour workshops.

LEGO NXT robots - We use LEGO robots to introduce computing in a hands-on and concrete way. We have students learn about problem solving and simple sequential programming by having them program the robots to go through a course outlined on the floor. We have them learn about repetition and creating reusable methods by having them program a 30 second dance. We teach about conditionals by having the students program the robots to follow a black line on a white background.

Scratch - We use Scratch to introduce computing concepts by having kids use drag-and-drop programming to create 2D animations and games. Scratch integrates sounds and images. Kids can share their Scratch creations on the Scratch website. Scratch also allows kids to create their own images.

Alice - We use Alice to introduce computing concepts by having kids use drag-and-drop programming to create 3D movies and games. Kids like directing their own movies. Alice has a large selection of 3D models that the kids can control.

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